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Mayer High student's pumpkin wins first-place honors at fair

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Four months after planting a pumpkin seed, Zachary Fisher harvested, decorated, and entered a pumpkin in the 2010 Yavapai County Fair, and won a first-place ribbon.

This past May, Mayer High School students in Alice Connell's Special Needs class created a garden plot near the Agriculture building. Charles Leon, American Legion Post 122, donated money for the special dirt, and Grant Samsill shared his agriculture experience.

Parent volunteers Connell and Lisa Hamilton designed and built a fence to keep the rabbits out of the garden. Over the summer months, Hamilton kept the garden watered and alive, even replacing the corn seeds eaten by the busy rabbits.

The students harvested radishes, peas, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, one bell pepper and some cucumbers. From one pumpkin transplant, the garden produced six pumpkins.

Zachary, 17, planted the original seed, so he decorated one of the pumpkins with a spider and its web.

He entered the decorated pumpkin in the fair and won first place and a blue ribbon in the Artistic Design category.